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Blowhard Nation – New single coming Sept.19th
Friends, I’m happy to tell you that Blowhard Nation, the first single off my new album (Every Soul’s a Sailor coming January 2017) is launching with media across Canada on Monday, September 19th. It’s a roots-rock anthem inspired by my outrage over Donald Trump’s con-man campaign of hate and fear.
The song will be available on CD Baby and I’m donating all of my proceeds from the single to War Child , a charity serving the very people Trump wants to turn away from a life of health, education, and safety.
Like most Canadians, I’ve been listening to Trump’s campaign of lies, half-truths, and fear-mongering. There’s this willingness to speak what’s been considered unacceptable in a presidential candidate up ‘til now. It has brought some of the most bigoted and ignorant people into the light of day, making strange bedfellows with a large mass of the US population who are generally disgusted with politicians and the political machine in general. It’s illuminating to see how Trump’s message has made some truly vile people feel safe enough to come out into the open, teeth bared.
My desire to write this song came from an instinctual reaction to the politics of hate and grew into a desire to spell out my feelings that voting for Trump or Brexit or The National Front is voting for bedlam. On the surface, these candidates may appear to scratch the itch that has driven you crazy but in the end, they will claw you to death.
“In the United States I have always believed that there was a big difference between Conservative and stupid. Boy is it getting harder to prove that one by the minute.” ~Rick Mercer
Back at it. 2016 touring schedule (so far) : SF solo, Fearing & White etc. etc.
And they’re off! (as the monkey said sitting on the circular saw…). So here we go 2016, as I lay down my paint roller and delve into my guitar case to see what that weird buzzing in the pickup might be etc. ad infinitum – in short it’s a new year and a new touring season begins. I have five solo shows in the very near future. Two in Alberta ( Westlock and Athabasca) this coming Friday and Saturday, and three in Northern BC (Smithers, Prince George and Hazelton) It’s been many years since I’ve gotten up to that part of BC and Hazelton has always held a place in my heart as I lived there for a summer back when I was a teenager. Anyway details are as always on my tour page
THEN! I will be connecting up with Andy White as Fearing & White are back in the saddle for what will be our last round of shows for the foreseeable future. Time, distance and busy schedules makes putting F&W together a real challenge, so if you are within driving distance of any of our upcoming shows in February, come and check us out, it may be a while before we sally forth again. Details are here.
September 2015 Newsletter
There is nothing so stable as change.
Boxes and boxes… I’ve been living out of them most of my life, the colored kind with zippers and handles, “fragile” stickers and scuff marks; the kind that keeps your guitar safe (even when the airlines “misplace” it) and the ones your drive around in. Lately it’s just been the good old cardboard kind, in which my wife, daughter and I have carefully and lovingly wrapped, stuffed and moved everything we own. Moving house is vexing to be sure, but moving across a continent the size of Canada is simply epic. We left Halifax (our home for 8 years) in July and now we reside in Victoria BC where, for the past three weeks, our life has been consumed with unpacking and figuring out where to put everything… oh and scraping, painting, mudding the cracks and filling the holes (there’s a metaphor in there somewhere.
Certainly people have asked me
“why the big move?
Was it the weather?”
Let’s just say it was a factor…
When The dust settles – tourdates
And so to the future… this kind of odyssey is costly and so Yours Truly is hitting the road hard in the next few months. Happily, I make my living doing what I love, and I’m really happy to announce that along with a full dance card of upcoming shows in Canada, I will once again be returning to the UK and (drum roll) for the first time, I’ll be performing solo shows in The Netherlands and Germany as part of a new partnership with Lucky Dice Music. It’s been a long time coming, but I have finally connected with a reputable agency in Europe and over the next few years, I look forward to building a touring base in Europe to add to my growing UK circuit.
The Fall Tour which starts and finishes in Holland will run from Oct. 2nd to 25th as follows: Dates are on my website under TOUR
As 2016 rolls around, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings will be unveiling a new album – proposed release date is sometime in April/May. I can’t tell you much about it because I’ve signed a confidentiality clause… however I can tell you it will be called Kings and Kings – that should give you something to think about.
As for my solo self, I plan to spend 2016 writing and recording a new batch of material which will likely see the light of day in UK, NL and Canada in 2016/2017… we’ll see how those plans unfold, but that’s the general idea. 2016 = new recordings and music from B&RK and myself , plus a lot of touring and festival work on both sides of the pond. Stay tuned for further details.
As ever, thanks – for lending me your eyeballs and your ears, for clicking, listening, and coming to the shows.
See you on the flipside.
Junos 2015: Back in Hamilton under a stormy Sky
Is there any other city in Canada like Hamilton? Answer – NO.
Hamilton is unique for it’s past and present. A steel town standing on the outskirts of the big TO and just above the border with The US, this is the city of oursiders, blue collar emigrants, rounders and artists… Hamilton is becoming a town of artists more and more. Last night Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrated Hamilton’s musical past with a concert called Blame It On Hamilton and what a night we had; guests that included Hawksley Workman, Divine Brown, Jeremy Fisher, John Harvey, Sarah Harmer, Terra Thorne… playing the music of Hamilton…. songs written here in the Hammer – Oh What a Feeling! Under The Stormy Skies, It’s Only Make Believe, When You and I Were Young Maggie, Shine… quite the night, amazing guests and a great crowd. We had a ball.
And so onto the next course of the Junos – tonight is the gala dinner and awards (not the Televised awards, that’s Sunday, but tonight is more of an insider, industry kind of event, a little less glitz and a lot less smoke and mirrors. B&RK are up for the Roots and Traditional Band Award for SOUTH. I’m just happy to be here with my bandmates.
I have a tour starting soon, here are the dates. Please check out the video link as well as I’m actively soliciting song requests from you guys for this tour. If you wish to request a song, please visit me on FB and leave a message stating what show you will be attending, that way I can keep it all straight in my small overtaxed brain.
All the tourdates and details are on my tourpage but here is a brief list as well.
Finally – this website is undergoing some renovations as I migrate it to a new host, so some of the functions are… well… not functioning. Please be patient, things like the transcriptions purchase page etc. will return soon.
|Thursday, March 19, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ The Moonshine Café
137 Kerr St., Oakville, ON L6K 3A6 (Canada) – Map
|Friday, March 20, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Mocha Shriners Centre
468 Colborne Street, London, ON N6B 2T3 (Canada) – Map
|Saturday, March 21, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON M6R 1X6 (Canada) – Map
|Sunday, March 22, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Music Up Close – Innisfil
2226 Richard St., Innisfil, ON L9S 2C5 (Canada) – Map
|Monday, March 23, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Bruce St. Social Club
121 Blue Mtn Dr., Collingwood, ON L9Y0K9 (Canada) – Map
|Tuesday, March 24, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Full Circle Theatre
26 Craig St., Perth, ON K7H 1Y1 (Canada) – Map
|Wednesday, March 25, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Jackson Falls Inn
1768 County Rd. #17 R.R.#2 , Milford, ON K0K 2P0 (Canada) – Map
|Thursday, March 26, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Friesen House
41 Victoria Crescent, Grimsby, ON L3M 2E7 (Canada) – Map
905 945 7724
|Saturday, March 28, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Freewheelin’ Concerts
10 King St West, Dundas, ON L9H 1T7 (Canada) – Map
|Sunday, March 29, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Private House Concert – Sarnia
Sarnia, ON (Canada) – Map
|Wednesday, April 1, 2015|
|Currie Brothers Church Shows @ St. James Anglican Church
191 Hotckiss St., Gravenhurst, ON (Canada) – Map
705 644 2192
|Friday, April 3, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ The Market Centre Theatre
22 Reeve St, Woodstock, ON (Canada) – Map
|Saturday, April 4, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Eden Mills Community Hall
104 York St., Eden Mills, ON N0B 1P0 (Canada) – Map
519 605 0107
|Thursday, April 9, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ To be Announced Calgary
Calgary, AB (Canada) – Map
|Saturday, April 11, 2015|
|Between Hurricanes – Solo Again. @ Room Full of Sound Concert Series
3 Elma St East, Okotoks, AB T1S 1J7 (Canada) – Map
403 938 3204
|Also Playing: Braden Gates|